Mr. J. C. Carmichael says: "It has now been about fourteen months since I built my first pond, and now I have three, with a fourth nearly complete. I estimate my fish by the million, many of which are, of course, very small yet I expect to raise to the length of ten inches this year, ten thousand trout.

The Water that falls in England annually is 21, in New England 42 inches. There they have about 156 rainy days per annum, and we but 56. In England one inch in 24 hours is considered a great rain; but in New England six inches and seven-eighths has been known to fall in 24 hours. Ordinary arable soil is capable of holding nearly six inches of water In every foot of earth.

In the quarterly return of the rain in England, ending with June, it is stated "the deficiency in the fall from the beginning of this year is 1 3/4 inches. The deficiency in the years 1854,1855, 1856, 1857,1858, amounted to more than the average fall of one year, viz., 25 inches. From a careful examination of the fall of rain (year by year) from the year 1815, it would seem," says the report, "the annual fait is becoming smaller, and that there is but little probability that the large deficiency will be made up by excess in future years." This is a most important discovery, confirmatory of an opinion that has been before mooted, that the quantity of rain which falls on the earth is very slowly and gradually diminishing. In all countries traces of dried up streams are met with, while within the historical period there are few or no examples of new rivers coming into existence. The river Dnieper is drying up. The plains of Troy can with difficulty be recognized, because the rivers mentioned by Homer, whose descriptive topography is not doubted, either cannot be found or are now such insignificant streams as to fall far below the descriptions of the poet. It is known that about the mouths of the Nile the water is becoming shallower.

The Baltic is known by recorded observation to be decreasing. The Adriatic derives its name from a town that is now eighteen miles from the shore, and was once a flourishing sea-port. North America is sensibly draining; on the Pacific it is notoriously rising, or the ocean which surrounds it is sinking. The Deluge is a very early event in the history of mankind, and it is consistent alike with sacred and profane history to suppose that ever since that period, as well as immediately after the first few days when the dove found her resting-place, the waters of the earth have dried up.

A theory has lately been started that the globe is continually increasing in size. If this be true, it is gradually, though extremely slowly, decreasing in fluid matter and increasing in solid matter. Most of the changes which geology traces in the crust of the globe have been in progress for many ages, and from the light which the gradual diminution reflects on many geological phenomena, the announcement must be considered one of the most momentous discoveries, should it be extensively confirmed, that observation has ever made.